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Alexander Gorst

Associate

Biography

Alexander is a barrister, called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2012, specialising in business crime, fraud and regulatory investigations and prosecutions. Alexander has a particular interest and expertise in cases with ancillary civil and professional disciplinary proceedings.

Alexander represents corporate and individual clients across a broad spectrum of criminal and regulatory matters. He is experienced in multi-jurisdictional investigations and matters with multi agency involvement, including investigations conducted by the SFO, NCA, HMRC, FCA and their foreign counterparts. He has defended clients under investigation for global corruption, serious fraud, direct and indirect tax fraud and money-laundering.

Alexander has a detailed understanding of both the law and procedure relating to ancillary proceedings and has advised clients on all aspects of asset forfeiture from pre-charge restraint to post-conviction confiscation. He also has significant experience of tracing and recovering the proceeds of fraud, and regularly acts in cases involving emergency injunctive relief such as freezing orders and search orders.

Alexander conducts internal investigations for corporates, regulators and other entities and advises companies and their directors on governance issues. He helps clients to avoid compliance and criminal risk in a wide range of scenarios.

Alexander has notable experience in SFO-related matters. In 2016, he was seconded to the SFO to assist with one of the largest economic crime investigations in UK law enforcement history concerning an international natural resources company.

Alexander previously practiced at the independent Bar for five years. He is a highly experienced trial lawyer, having acted as a sole advocate in courts of first instance, appellate courts and before a variety of tribunals. This experience underpins the advice he provides and the strategies he employs on behalf of his clients.

Alexander is a member of the Fraud Lawyers Association and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

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